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Lost Brooklyn

Marcia Reiss



ISBN: 9781909815667

Price: £14.99

Publication date: 19 October 2014

Series: Then and Now

Category: Lifestyle & Gardening

Brooklyn has had many faces over the course of its fascinating history. It has transformed  from being a major center of industry in the 19th century to being the hippest and most populous of New York’s five boroughs today.

Lost Brooklyn traces the cherished places that time, progress and fashion swept aside before concerned citizens or the National Register of Historic Places could save them from the wrecker’s ball. Organised chronologically, starting with the earliest losses and ending with the latest, Lost Brooklyn features the much-loved buildings, industries and modes of transport that have been lost, replaced or transformed in the name of progress.

Losses include: Brooklyn Naval Hospital, Brooklyn Shipping Piers, Brooklyn Sugar Refining Co., Brooklyn Velodrome, Coney Island Clubhouse, Dreamland, Ebbets Field, the Elevated Railway, Fulton Ferry, Fort Lafayette, Fox Theatre, Hotel St. George, Luna Park, Schaefer Brewery, Sheepshead Speedway, Steeplechase Park, Streetcars, Williamsburg Plaza. 


Marcia Reiss is the author of Central Park Then and Now (2010); New York Then and Now (2005); Manhattan in Photographs (2005); Architectural Details (2004); Architecture in Detail: New York (2003); Brooklyn Then and Now (2002); and a series of guides to historic Brooklyn neighborhoods for the Brooklyn Historical Society. She was Policy Director of the Parks Council, now New Yorkers for Parks, and previously Public Affairs Director for the New York City Department of Ports and Trade. She also taught at Columbia University and Hunter College, and was a reporter for the Brooklyn Phoenix. She and her husband are former residents of Brooklyn and Manhattan and now live in upstate New York.